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40% - Operational management of geochemical lab in support of research on climate and environmental change. Main focus of this position is instrument oversight to sustain continuous production of high quality geochemical data. Operate and maintain isotope ratio mass spectrometer (Thermo DeltaV+ with Kiel preparation system) and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (Thermo ICAP 7400). Ensure data quality control. Maintain instruments. Diagnose, trouble-shoot, and repair electronic, mechanical, or other problems.

35% - Prepare and analyze samples, including oversight and training of new users (researchers, students, visitors). Advise users on proper sample preparation. Develop and enforce lab cleanliness and safety protocols.

25% - Data management, including working with IT support to ensure backup, archiving, and general organization. Manage ordering and record keeping; coordinate field logistics; support group web page.

Required Qualifications*

Master’s degree in Earth or environmental science; expertise in stable isotopic and elemental analyses of carbonate materials; demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail; fluency in software needed to process, analyze, and display data; ability to interact professionally and productively with a diverse group of students, faculty and staff; excellent communication skills; strong interpersonal and collaborative skills; ability to manage a lab efficiently in the context of multiple users, projects and priorities.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous experience managing a research laboratory; experience with one or both of the specific instruments in our group; research experience in paleoclimatic, coral reef, and/or cave science; fluency in software, programming languages and relevant statistical methods for analysis and visualization of time series data and climate model output.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Additional Information

Higher salary will be considered for an exceptionally qualified candidate.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.